You’re working. A chat window pops open. It’s your mum. “How are you today?” Another window fires; your roommate. “Bro, check this video!” Oh, here’s one from your boss, he wants to know if you’ve seen his pen. Goodbye, productivity.
The Vulcan mind meld between AIM and your Gmail buddies is in effect – though it doesn’t appear to have been officially announced. Sending a message to a friend on the other side is just as easy as we’d hoped.